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Glass Replacement vs Window Replacement

If your window glass is broken, then you have two options: glass replacement or window replacement. But which is the better option for you? It depends on a few factors.

In most cases, you can go with the cheaper option which is to just change the glass in a window. However, there are a few things to think about before making this decision.

What is Glass Replacement?

Glass replacement simply means removing the broken glass pane from the existing windows and replacing it with a new one.

What is Window Replacement?

Window replacement, on the other hand, means removing the entire window – glass and frames – and replacing it with a new one.

Reasons to Replace the Glass Only

  1. The window frames are still in good condition.
  2. You want to keep your current windows because they’re a unique style or material that would be difficult to replace.
  3. Replacing only the glass is typically cheaper than replacing the entire window.

Reasons to Replace the Glass Only

  1. The window frames are also damaged and need to be replaced.
  2. The glass is foggy or has condensation between the panes, which indicates that the seal is broken and needs to be replaced.
  3. You want to upgrade to a new style or material of window anyway and glass replacement isn’t an option for your current windows.
  4. You want to take advantage of energy-efficient features that are only available in new windows.

How Do the Costs Compare?

The cost of glass replacement vs window replacement can vary depending on the size and type of window, as well as the glass that you choose. In general, glass replacement is going to be the cheaper option.

For example, replacing a single glass pane in a double-hung window usually costs approximately $230 to $550. While the cost for replacing the entire window is approximately $450 to $750.

Making the Decision

Now that you know the difference between glass replacement and window replacement, as well as the pros and cons of each, you can decide which is the best option for you.

If your window frames are in good condition and you just need to replace the glass, then glass replacement is probably the way to go. It’s cheaper and will take less time.

If your window frames are also damaged or you want to upgrade to new windows anyway, then window replacement is probably your best bet. You might pay more upfront, but you’ll save money in the long run with energy-efficient windows.

No matter what you decide, make sure to hire a professional to do the job so it’s done right.

Elias Chahine
Elias Chahine

Elias Chahine is the director of Gusto Emergency Glass Replacement and has many years in the glass repair and construction industry

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